16 May Easter VI – May 17th
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, MD.
(Mailing: P.O. Box 189, Clear spring, Maryland 21722)
May 17, 2020 Easter VI
9:00 a.m. Drive-In Church* 10:00 a.m. Confirmation Class
*Drive-In Church: Until further notice, all Public (In Person) Worship is suspended in the Diocese of Maryland due to the COVID Virus. However, under the current State of Maryland guidelines, we are allowed to have “Drive-In Church”. Please remain inside your vehicles during this special service of the Liturgy of the Word. A worship assistant will bring to your vehicle, a Scripture insert, and Hymn sheet. You may exit your vehicles to use the facilities. After the Liturgy of the Word, Father Steve, Deacon John, and the worship assistants will go inside the Church, and Father Steve will do the Holy Eucharist with “Spiritual Communion” from the Altar for those not able to receive the Sacrament at this time. As has been the practice at St. Andrew’s since 2013, all services are Livestreamed on the Church Facebook page.
Soon We Will Be Moving Back to “In-Person Worship”: From Father Steve: “As many are aware, The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, has allowed Counties across the State of Maryland to move into Phase One of Reopening the State. Effective, Friday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m., Washington County went into Phase One. This phase allows the places of worship to have “In-Person” worship, which means inside worship with stipulations that there can be no more than 50 % of the maximum seating capacity for that place of worship. Also, the Churches have to put in a plan for social distancing inside their Churches, and other safety measures. I have received several emails from the Diocese this week acknowledging that the plan I have already submitted to the Diocesan Office for St. Andrew’s is ‘Ahead of the Game’, and almost completely inline with the plan that will be coming out soon from the Diocese. With this said, we are looking at a tentative date for being back to ‘In-Person’ Worship’ (Allowing more than 10 people) by Pentecost Sunday, May 31st. This plan for returning to In-Person Worship, known as a ‘Reopening Covenant’ will most likely be regional across the Diocese. I realize that today, there are Churches in the Clear Spring area that have reopened, and I am most happy for them. These Churches in our area that are open today are more locally governed, and have a different system of oversight (Governance) than the Episcopal Church. Please be patient, I am doing everything that I can as your Vicar to keep us focused, and to have ‘Faith Over Fear’”.
“St. Andrew’s Strong / Faith Over Fear” T-shirts: Please see Ashley; Lucinda, or Amy, about ordering our new shirts. Cost will be $20.00 dollars, with $5.00 going towards the Church.
Ongoing Prayers & Needs: Kathi – Eric & Regan – Pam – Don – Nell – Geraldine & George. The Homeless. All First Responders. Those in the medical profession, and all hospital workers.
Prayers for those in the Military: Benjamin Benner